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Western Sahara conflict settlement: Russia against unilateral measures

5 months ago at 15/Dec/2021 27

Russia is against any unilateral measures regarding the resolution of the conflict between the Polisario Front and Morocco, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday, adding that such a measure can only harm peace and create additional and unnecessary risks.

Regarding Western Sahara, “we are against any unilateral measures, just as we are against them in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement”, said the Russian minister during an interview granted to the television channel TeN TV. “In any conflict, unilateral measures not provided for in the basic agreements can only harm the cause (of peace) and create unnecessary additional risks,” he added.

“The crisis in Western Sahara must be resolved, like any other crisis, (…) on the basis of the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions,” the minister insisted.

“In the case of Western Sahara, the (UN) resolutions provide for the establishment of a direct dialogue between Morocco and the Polisario Front. This dialogue must be resumed as soon as possible,” Lavrov said.

It “should start and facilitate the development of solutions that meet the interests of both parties The instability in North Africa and in the Sahara-Sahel region affects the general situation and is at the origin of the lack of progress towards a settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara “, estimated the head of Russian diplomacy.

“We are facing the threat of an escalation of the conflict in this part of Africa,” he warned, adding that influential countries should urge the parties to the conflict to “show restraint” and also “insist on resolving (the conflict) with political and diplomatic methods.

“We believe that the situation in the Sahara-Sahel region should, on the contrary, encourage both parties – Morocco and the Polisario Front – to redouble their efforts to bring hope to the region,” he said.

At the end of October, during the Security Council’s vote on the extension of the mandate of MINURSO (UN Mission for the Organization of a Referendum on Self-Determination in Western Sahara), the Russian delegation to the UN criticized the work carried out by the United States, the pen holder of the resolutions on Western Sahara, rejecting attempts to blur the parameters of the settlement of rejecting attempts to blur the parameters of the settlement of this more than four-decade old conflict.

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